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  Verónica Santiago Moniello
Third-year MFA Dance Candidate


Folkwang University of the Arts


Her work deals with memory and the idea of birth, with antagonist subjects of resistance, utopian bodies and dreams. She is currently a M.F.A candidate in Dance making within the Dance & Theatre Program at UCSD - University of California, San Diego. Her most recent projects "The Implicit Self" and "Simultaneously Futura" are the result of her ongoing research "The Implicit Body Language" and "The Body that has Been Possessed" both awarded by Tinker Fellowships, CILAS "Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies & The Friends of California. Recently she has been also collaborating as creator with Emily Aust in "Foreground" and Yolande Snaith in "Measuring the Dream," this latter held at Calit2 (California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology). In collaboration with Lenka Bartunkova and Cansu Ergin, she was invited as choreographer to the first edition of "Fillimit" at the Korespondence Festival in the city of Zdar (Czech Republic, 2016). As part of her Graduate field research, she is also developing "Animal Vivo," (Alive Animal) a workshop-based practice formerly presented at “Fundación Andróginos” in Mérida, Venezuela. Alongside with Yolande Snaith and Katie Duck, she collaborated as improviser in the project "Girls at Work", while participating in "SussAges", an artistic laboratory formerly located at DCP-Discursive and Curatorial Productions at UCSD.

Verónica began her studies at the Contemporary Dance School "Piso rojo" and at the University of Contemporary Dance "Iudanza" in Venezuela. In parallel, she worked as a dancer in the companies Caracas Roja Laboratorio, The National Theater Company of Venezuela, Danza Hoy, Río Teatro Caribe and La Máquina Teatro. In 2004 she received a scholarship from “IAEM” (Venezuela) to continue her studies at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen-Germany (2004-2009). During her season in Germany she worked with Felix Burkle, Samir Akika, Chikako Kaido, Leandro Kees, Rodolfo Leoni, Mark Sieczkarek and Orlando Rodriguez and participated in Pina Bausch’s repertoire "Sacre du printemps". She participated also in European festivals, including "Drei wochen mit Pina Bausch" in Wuppertal-Germany. while directing her own pieces: "Passage", "Under", "First day" and "Lucrecia". In 2010 she moved to Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico,) where she collaborated with Tumáka`t Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Vania Duran. There, she had the opportunity to join other choreographers such as: Luis Biassoto, Diana Szeimblum, Vladimir Rodríguez, Cecilia Colacrai, Angelle Herbert, Phillip Kraft and Fernado Melo. During the tour series produced by Tumáka`t, Verónica delivered frequent workshops and master classes in Latin America and Europe (2011-2015). In 2013, she was invited as creator in residence at “La Rendija” Theater Company (Mérida, Mexico). In response, she created "Dizziness" with Alexander Carrillo, a performance that was also presented at “LaborGras” (Berlin-Germany). During the same residence season she had directed "a_ereo" a dance & theater piece featuring dancer Pedro Zambra, which was performed in Mexico, Belize and Venezuela. Part of her curiosity is centered on the relationships between movement and unstable surfaces, conceived as structures of change, in order to generate sequences of movement. From this approach emerges the process of creation “En un lado, la casa” developed In Tumáka`t Dance Company, also included in the publication “Recetario Coreográfico” curated by Colectivo A.M. in Mexico. In 2014 she participated in the project "NOMAD: The Blue Road" organized by "Dance Monks" (Berkeley, CA, United States).

In 2017 Verónica creates Habitual, a platform-based studio that explores through collaborations possibilities of movement within contemporary cultural practices. www.habitualhabitual.com


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